Composer Christopher Butterfield’s career highlights include performing Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonata on tour with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the US and Europe in 1996/97; the production of his opera Zurich 1916, at the Banff Summer Festival in 1998; composer in residence of the Victoria Symphony 1999-2002; the premiere of his score for Bill Coleman’s dance epic Convoy PQ17 in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2001 (remounted in Victoria in 2013); the first performance of his complete settings of Jacques Prévert’s Contes pour enfants pas sages in Toronto by Continuum Contemporary Music and Choir 21 (2012). Recent activities include co-ordinating and curating the Cage 100 Festival in Victoria (2012), celebrating American composer John Cage’s centenary; and judging the International Gaudeamus Composition competition in Utrecht, Netherlands (2012), where Bosquet, his piece for 22 flutes and 1 ‘cello, was performed.
In March this year Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble and percussionist Rick Sacks toured 5 cities in Canada and the USA with parc, a vibraphone concerto commissioned by the group.
Since 1977 Butterfield has been the recipient of many commissions from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario and BC Arts Councils.
Current projects include the translation of three plays by Paris Dada Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, to be published by the Wakefield Press in fall 2014.
Christopher Butterfield was born in 1952. He lives in Victoria BC, where he teaches composition in the School of Music at the University of Victoria.
Photo Credit: Ken Straiton